The introduction of a bin beautification scheme and a soft plastic household recycling scheme are among the recommendations put forward by the Greater Geelong City Youth Council in its second report of 2022.
The Youth Council is a group of 12 young people, ages 12-17, who have been elected to the City’s Youth Council Advisory Committee for a 12-month term to provide the official “youth voice” of the city. region, with three representatives from each Council ward: Bellarine, Brownbill, Kardinia and Windermere.
The Youth Council has identified a bin beautification initiative as having the potential to help tackle litter in the community, with a flexible plastics project touted as an important step to help the Council in its quest to reduce litter. waste and recycle more efficiently.
In addition to waste and recycling priorities, the Youth Council identified providing fair and safe spaces for young people, supporting a dedicated space for young people in central Geelong and improving health mental health and well-being of young people as areas of importance.
In accordance with recommendations made by the Youth Council, the City is currently undertaking a feasibility study to inform decision making regarding the future development of youth spaces.
In addition, the City is considering waste and recycling proposals that would expand on existing initiatives around soft plastics and messages on trash cans in public places.
The Youth Council’s second report for 2022 aligns with the community’s 30-year vision, ‘Greater Geelong: A smart and creative future’: an inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community.
Junior Mayor Wren Rowbottom;
Youth Council members are grateful to Councilors and other staff for their support through their Councilor Connect mentorship program.
The Youth Council members really enjoyed talking to the Councilors and learning from them on a range of topics relevant to our region.
The topics of waste and recycling really caught our attention and we identified them as areas where we could work with the Council to really make a difference in our community.
Since being elected in January, members of the Youth Council have taken part in training with the Victorian Local Governance Association and joined the Women in Local Democracy event, while the Junior Deputy Mayor has interviewed political journalist Annabel Crabb as part of International Women’s Day.
Mayor Peter Murrihy welcomed the second report of the 2022 Youth Council.
I would like to congratulate the 2022 Youth Council for its achievements so far; it is a very capable group of young people who represent the diverse perspectives of their many peers in the region.
As Councillors, we are grateful to see such engaged and committed young members of our community actively advocating for an even better Geelong.
Councilor Sarah Mansfield agrees that the Youth Council plays a valuable advisory role to Council.
The group has identified some important priority areas, and it’s nice to see young members of our community at the forefront with ideas that have the potential to make a real impact in our community.
The young people of Geelong have shown remarkable resilience in recent years, and I welcome this update on their work and achievements.
It is always refreshing to hear the voices of young people in the region regarding advice and recommendations for the well-being of the general population.